Calm & Assertive Energy
Being a great leader to your dog … or a great Alpha, means that you are always in control. This doesn’t mean being in control of your dog per say. But being in control of yourself. Controlling your energy and emotions will show your dog that you deserve that leadership role.
When walking into a clients home, we are confident that we will not only be able to train their dog, but we know that we can also show the owner how to properly command and correct their dog. What makes things a bit tough sometimes, is knowing that we cannot teach our client how to control their energy. Many times, we will hear “wow … my dog has never done that” … and this is normally after the dog has either rolled over and submitted to us, has bitten or snapped at us or completely obeys everything we have commanded.
We know that dogs will do some pretty odd things when we first arrive and this is because of our energy. Some of our trainers project a dominant energy and others project an easy or friendly energy. Our dominant energy trainers will sometimes be met with a dog trying to challenge us due to the fact the dog feels like they have to fight to keep their alpha role. The more laid back energy trainers will sometimes be met with a dog who tries to run the show or just wants to be obnoxious and this is because they feel they can. No matter the energy of the trainer … our trainers know they must always remain calm and assertive. By the end of the evaluation, the dog will always know that the trainer is in control.
It is very important that you practice a calm assertive energy. Although we can not show you how to be in control of your energy … it is important that you research and try to understand how energy effects the dog. Understanding energy will help tremendously with raising and owning your dog.